When in December 1943 the 325th Fighter Group, the Checkertail Clan, had moved into south-eastern Italy they were soon escorting American bombers on long range missions deep into occupied Europe. In two years of air combat the Checkertails soon became one of the crack units in the Fifteenth Air Force, destroying a staggering 537 enemy aircraft in the air, and accounting for many more on the ground.
Returning to base after an arduous escort mission, Captain Art Fiedler leads a flight of P-51 Mustangs from the 325th Fighter Group – the Checkertail Clan – through the Po Valley in northern Italy seeking out targets of opportunity among the retreating Axis forces, July 1944.
In addition to being hand numbered, each copy in every edition has been personally signed by the artist as well as one of the Checkertails’ top Aces who flew and fought in combat over Italy:
Colonel ART FIEDLER – 325th Fighter Group / 8 victories